Nothing beats a great burger. When it comes to the American diner classic, here are five places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.
Little Goat (820 W. Randolph St.)
"Top Chef" Champion, Stephanie Izard, scores big with this modern take on the retro diner. Little Goat delights with its classic American comfort food, all served with unique twists (the Patty Melt is served with caramelized onions on an artisanal pretzel rye bun).
Slide up to a communal table, booth, or directly at the diner style
lunch counter, and take your pick from a variety of unique burgers,
including a Horseshoe Burger topped with chili and cheese sauce
accompanied by smoked fries. You also have your choice of three patty
styles: Slagel Beef, veggie, and even Kilgus Goat.
The restaurant is extremely kid-friendly. You're sure to find a few babies and toddlers in the mix of regulars. And while our family adores the burgers here, we also have a very strong appreciation for the brunch menu and crave the Fat Elvis Waffles most Sundays after church.
Commonwealth (4128 N. Lincoln Ave.)
Commonwealth is a kid-friendly Chicago tavern where you can catch a game and enjoy a burger with your kids, too. Their burgers are thick and traditional. Start with the warm burrata and skip the fries and order a side of the fried smoked potatoes.
Grange Hall Burger Bar (844 W Randolph St.)
You'll feel as if you've stepped into a rustic farmhouse (despite being on one of Chicago's busiest and foodie-est streets) at this newer burger-focused eatery. Grange Hall Burger Bar features farm-to-table burgers with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. Order a basket of the fried pickles to share and go with the suggested burger pairings. The kid's menu features both regular and gluten-free burgers for $6.
Mindy's Hot Chocolate (1747 N. Damen Ave.)To celebrate his 12th birthday, my son chose to go to Hot Chocolate for the bacon and cheese burger. This Heartland Beef patty is topped with organic bacon, Carr 4-year aged cheddar cheese, and served on a garlic-toasted sesame seed bun. This is a burger that both adult gourmands and tweens will relish. The delicious milkshakes, both classic (malted milk chocolate, mint chip) and exotic (stout and caramel) make for the perfect burger accompaniment.
Epic Burger (Multiple Locations)
With locations all around the city, Epic Burger is a local chain
that's doing burgers the right way. We like the Gold Coast location, at
40 E. Pearson, which makes for a great pit stop after an afternoon of
Mag Mile shopping. With ingredients are that are both eco-conscious
(hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and preservatives are banned from the
epic patties) and tasty.
These burger joints are a far cry from their fast food counterparts. Liven up your burger with an organic fried egg, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, or all-natural bacon. And don't forget that side of fresh cut fries. It's also worth it to pop in solely for one of the premium handmade milkshakes, made with organic milk. Prices are also on target here, with standard burgers starting at $4.99 and a side of fries at $1.99.